The Los Angeles Dodgers home opener isn't until April 9 against the Washington Nationals, and the franchise is hoping that gives them enough time to work out a plan to get fans in attendance.
The Dodgers are working with the governor's office and public health officials on a plan to allow Dodger Stadium to operate at a limited capacity at the start of the season, team president Stan Kasten said in a video sent Friday to season-ticket holders, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
"I hope, by opening day, we are finally going to have some fans in the park," Kasten said. "I don't think it will be a full stadium just yet. But I do believe sometime during this season, the way things are looking, we will have a full stadium again."
It's unclear how many fans will be allowed to attend games. If 20% capacity is approved, the Dodgers could allow 11,200 fans. At 25% capacity, they could allow 14,000 people, Shaiken says.
The desire to bring spectators in for the season opener stems from the fact the team wants to celebrate their World Series title with the fan base.
Major League Baseball's health and safety protocols mandate socially-distanced seating and masks. It does not require a negative COVID-19 test or temperature checks.
The Dodgers open the season on April 1 against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.